As It Aims to Go Public, Seismic Taps Former ServiceNow Exec as CFO

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Last quarter, the company booked $15 million in new business, making it its best ever, according to Seismic. Winter anticipates breaking the $100 million revenue mark by year’s end.

“I really would love for Seismic to be a success story people can point to that didn’t leave [San Diego], that did grow a team here long term, that did build a successful business and went public and had people that left and started their own companies,” Winter said. “That, to me, would be very fulfilling. We have a long way to go, but it’s definitely part of the reason I get out of bed in the morning.”

Seismic is part of a handful of rapidly growing software firms in San Diego with the potential to contribute to that critical mass of companies the region needs to truly put itself on the tech map.

An oft-cited barrier to recruiting the volume and quality of talent needed to establish San Diego as a tech hub of note is the relatively small number of companies those employees could look to for their next job if their startup were to fail. Some prospective San Diego-area tech recruits say they worry about uprooting their families to move to a place where finding a subsequent position would be trickier than in larger tech hubs like the Bay Area.

But McCauley is optimistic that Seismic and other firms that choose to stay and grow in town will help make San Diego more attractive to top talent.

“With how impacted [by the rising cost of living] the Bay Area is and how impacted LA is now, I really think that San Diego has an opportunity here,” McCauley said. “I think that Seismic wants to be a part of that story, and I’m confident that we can do it.”

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Sarah de Crescenzo is an Xconomy editor based in San Diego. You can reach her at sdecrescenzo@xconomy.com. Follow @sarahdc

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